Push for power clubs clash

September 07, 2017

This pennant is of the Stanhope thirds team which played and lost the 1959 GVL thirds grand final to Tongala.

KYABRAM Football Club would certainly entertain a game against Ovens and Murray League powerhouse Albury — but only under certain conditions.

The idea of the two heavyweight country sides clashing was recently mooted by Shepparton News sports editor Oliver Caffrey.

I suggested earlier this year to Kyabram president Peter Croxford it could be a huge moneyspinner if it could be arranged as a pre-season practice game.

Kyabram coach Paul Newman said the timing of the game and the incentives offered would be the two keys to the suggestion going ahead.

And he said both sides would need to win premierships this season before even looking at possibilities of such a game eventuating.

And, of course, Albury would also need to support the proposal.

Newman said ideally two weeks after the respective grand finals in both leagues would be a suitable timeslot so players who had been involved in premiership celebrations would have time to recover in order to give their best in the game.

One would think a night game in Kyabram in early October would draw a bumper crowd.

Newman said generous monetary incentives would also be needed to ensure both teams were serious about winning.

But he conceded there was still a lot of water to go under the bridge before even thinking seriously about something like this going ahead.

Bombers record intact, unlike the pole

LIKE the club’s senior side, the Kyabram Bombers A grade netballers remain unbeaten this season.

The Bombers won their qualifying final against Shepparton at Mooroopna on Saturday after the Goulburn Valley League board had allotted them the premiership points from its recent clash with Shepparton United which was called off after a goal pole was damaged when Kyabram was holding a handy lead.

Umpires’ votes from that game will also still count in the league’s Wellman Family medal count.

Pitch to boost women’s cricket

TONGALA Cricket Club has been given a financial boost to promote female cricket.

The club will receive $2000 as a share in $258,000 being distributed across Victoria.

Echuca South Cricket Club has also been granted the same amount as Tongala as a move is being made by Goulburn Murray Cricket to introduce a girls competition in the coming season.

Tongala has already been active in promoting cricket for females after introducing an all-girls under 12 team last year. It has hopes of fielding a second girls team in the coming season.

Juniors join league

THERE will be a 15 and under netball competition in the Goulburn Valley League next season.

The move has been made after strong feedback from clubs.

The new age group will join the current A grade, B grade, B reserve and 17 and under age groups to play in the league.

Tiger trio to retire

THREE stalwart Rochester footballers will hang up their boots when this season is over.

Elliott Bowen, Heath Aiken and Sam Brennan announced their retirement at the end of the last home-and-away round.

The trio has been great servants of the GVL Tigers.

Both Aiken and Bowen have played more than 200 games with the club.

Aiken and Brennan are the only two players who were at the club when Rochester won the 1999 flag while Bowen, in his first season as thirds coach, was a member of the 2008 flag winning team.

District club reunion success

SIXTEEN of Rochester Football Club’s 1962 premiership side attended a reunion when the Tigers hosted Shepparton Swans in the final GVL home-and-away round last Saturday.

Then known as the Rochester and District Football Club Demons, Rochester beat Golden Square for the flag by nine points, 9.17 to 7.20, under the guidance of legendary country captain-coach Con O’Toole.

Wheeler is Lions best

SEYMOUR Football Club’s best and fairest award has been won by Harry Wheeler.

The midfielder took the award by three votes from tough utility Ben Clifton.

It’s the fifth time in the past five years the award has been won by a different player.

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